Being a parent is like being on a roller coaster, there are ups, downs, and sideways moments and we never know what’s coming next. The stress and pressure of one of the most important jobs in the world can be overwhelming, so when we get the chance to commiserate and laugh about parenting with others who get what we’re dealing with, we’re all about it. Recently, parents shared their take on the job in the Twitter thread
#ParentingIn5WordsOrLess. Here are some of the best tweets:
- “Choose your battles”
- “Are you bleeding? You’re fine”
- “Long days, but short years”
- “Teaching them - worth every second”
- “Where are your shoes, babe?”
- “You will never sleep again”
- “Wait, why is this wet?”
- “Understanding why my parents drank”
- “Go ask your mother”
- “Love them a lot”
- “Teach them to speak out”
- “Where are your pants?”
- “It doesn’t ever get easier”
- “Do it. I said so”
- “Did you ask your mom?”
- “Would do it all again”
- “It’s too quiet. What’s happening?”
- “Didn’t you just eat?”
- “Try harder, therapy is expensive”
- “Is it bedtime yet?”
- “Is that poop or chocolate?”
Source: The Stir
If you are someone who thinks only wealthy people listing to classical music, a new report suggests you might be right. A study by TDAmeritrade reveals that fans of classical music do tend to make more money than fans of other musical genres.
The survey questioned 1,500 millennials, although the company believes their findings hold true for all age groups, and found that those who listen to classical music are likely to make more than $114,000 a year. What’s more, they’re likely to feel more financially secure and better set for retirement than fans of other musical genres.
Overall, the survey found the following incomes for each music genre:
- Classical – $114,000
- Electronic – $92,000
- Rap/Hip-hop – $69,000
- ’80s/’90s – $67,000
- Hard rock – $65,000
- Pop/Top 40 – $61,000
- Country – $58,000
With country music fans having the lowest incomes, the survey finds they also have the least financial security. Researchers suggest it is likely because they come from rural and less affluent areas.
Source: New York Post
Having a bad day at the office can certainly put anyone in a bad mood, and a new study suggests that for parents, bringing that bad mood home with them can be detrimental to their children.
A new study published in the "American Psychological Association" finds that mothers who deal with incivility in the office, like rude or disrespectful behavior, are likely to be stricter parents, which could negatively affect their kids.
The study questioned 146 mothers and their spouses about experiences with rude co-workers and bosses, as well as their parenting styles, and found that when women say they’ve experienced rudeness at work, they admitted to being more restrictive and punishment heavy in their parenting styles. Plus, they were more likely to nag and yell at kids instead of offering encouragement.
As for why, research suggests that the incivility women are experiencing at work could be a blow to their self-esteem and confidence, which would in turn affect the way they parent.
As for what can be done to solve the problem, the researchers stress the importance of employers stepping in when there is incivility in the workplace, like staging interventions to stop such behavior, and educating employees on the effects of such behavior.
As another school year kicks off across the country, some parents in Richmond, Missouri say it’s the school district who needs to learn. The Richmond School District has announced that fast food is no longer welcome on campus.
A post on Dear Elementary’s Facebook page got parents attention to the policy change. It reads: “New board policy states that no fast food is allowed at lunch or during school hours for students.” And since that social media post, moms and dads have been buzzing about the new rule.
"At the end of the day, we want to be able to decide on our own," says Chris Swafford, a father of five kids in the school district. "I thought it was overstepping at its finest. It's up to parents what their children eat."
Swafford points out that sometimes parents are busy or forget to pack their kid’s lunch and in the past they could swing by McDonald’s to pick up some nuggets and solve the problem. He argues that shouldn’t be an issue and other parents with children in the district agree. Mom of two Karen Williams says some kids have been treated to a fast food birthday lunch by their moms and dads since kindergarten, but she says she can see how other kids would feel sad if they never got that special meal.
So what does Superintendent Mike Aytes say about the fast food ban? His staff reports they’re too busy with the first day of school to comment on the policy change.
These days lots of people wear activity trackers to keep tabs on their movement and count steps they take every day. These devices track the distance you’ve traveled and calories burned, which can help you stay mindful about the calories you’re taking in as well.
Most of us don’t realize just how many steps we have to take to burn off our favorite treats. But when we find out that even a small treat like a Kit Kat bar can require us to walk more than 6,000 steps to burn off, it could make us rethink tearing open that wrapper.
Check out how many steps it takes to work off some of our favorite candy bars:
- 3 Musketeers - 212 calories, 6,625 steps
- Almond Joy - 232 calories, 7,250 steps
- Butterfinger -216 calories, 6,750 steps
- Kit Kat - 220.5 calories, 6,891 steps
- M&Ms Plain - 236 calories, 7,375 steps
- M&Ms Peanut - 242.5 calories, 7,578 steps
- Milky Way - 228.5 calories, 7,141 steps
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups - 222 calories, 6,938 steps
- Snickers - 273 calories, 8,531 steps
- Twix caramel - 284.5 calories, 8,891 steps
- York Peppermint Patty - 149 calories, 4,656 steps
But if adding an extra 7,500 steps to your day so you can enjoy some M&Ms isn’t for you, try starting with a short walk in the morning and you may not even want the sweets. Research has shown that a quick 15-minute walk can cut cravings for treats like candy bars. And walking has been linked to better weight control, as well as lowered risk for diabetes and high blood pressure.